Gedo’s last gasp winner gives Ahly a precious victory
Substitute Mohamed Nagy “Gedo” scored deep into the injury time to give Egyptian giants Al Ahly a precious 2-1 victory over their visiting DR Congo side TP Mazembe at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium on Sunday. Both teams were playing their first Group B match of the 2012 Orange CAF Champions League, and the game was a lively affair and lived up to expectations.
Emad Meateb gave Ahly an early lead after 12 minutes, but 10-man Mazemba equalized through Ali Samatta five minutes from time. But it was the 2010 CAF African Cup of Nations star player Gedo who gave Ahly all three points after 93 minutes. Ahly now share top spot in Group B with Ghanaian Berekum Chelsea who defeated their Egyptian rivals Zamalek 3-2 on Saturday.
The game was held behind closed doors for security reasons, but that didn’t seem to affect both teams as they went in search of victory . Ahly started the game on attacking note while Mazembe tried to make use of the counter attacks. In the 12th minute Metaeb broke the deadlock when he received Waleed Suleiman cross from the left side to send the ball home from 20 yards giving the Cairo Reds and early lead.
Suleiman could have doubled Ahly lead but Mazembe’s keeper Modiba Kidiabaproduced a fine save to deny him. Kidiaba was there again to stop Metaeb shot from close range, while his counterpart Sherif Ikramy also produced some heroics to stop Luka Longa shot when he came one on one with the Ahly keeper. Ahly defenders played an offside trap strategy to stop Mazembe’s fast counter attacks and it seemed to work well with the home side. Ikramy ws there again just before the break to stop Ilunga’s scorcher from a free kick.
Mazembe started the second half with numerous attacks searching for the equalizer, putting Ahly defenders under pressure . Veteran duo Mohamed Abou Treika and Mohamed Barakat led Ahly attacking force, with Ivorian new recruit Ousso Konan replacing Meateb upfront. Ahly manager Houssam El Badry made another attacking change fielding in Mohamed Nagy “Gedo” for Suleiman, while his counterpart Lamine N’diaye sent in Samatta Mbwana Ally for Given Singuluma as Mazembe dominated play and threatened to score.
Just as Mazembe was in ascendancy they were dealt a blow when defender Kimwaki Mpela was given his marching orders after 81 minutes for a reckless tackle on Abou Treika. But 10-man Mazembe scored the equalizer three minutes later when Samatta took advantage of hesitance in Ahly defence to head home a cross from the left. Stunned by the goal Ahly saw injured Abou Treika leave the field making way for Abdullah El Said and Ahly sent all players in attack searching for a winner. And it finally came 3 minutes into injury time when El Said exchanged passes with Sayed Moawad, and the later found Gedo unmarked inside the area to score Ahly’s winner with the game’s last attack. Ahly will face their arch rivals Zamalek in Group B Day 2 in a fortnight, while Mazembe entertains Berekum Chelsea in Lubumbashi at the same day.
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